Be it mini mandalas or bright paint, tiny packaging or cherry blossoms, the essence of Japan is in the mindful details. The simple aesthetics and Japanese soul abounded in many ornamental details or etchings at the Shinto and Buddhist temples I visited.
At Todaiji in Nara, the Great Buddha Hall houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu.
Its enormous size eclipses the details of the small that abound everywhere. My body a microcosm to witness the tiniest of details that the mind can come to rest upon in meditation and contemplate the universe.
Must be why I feel so calm in Japan. The serenity of the mindfulness infused in the culture is everywhere. It wakes you up to enjoy the beauty of life in each moment.
That is what I found gazing at details while in Japan at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Osaka Castle, and the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, featured here among others in the Mythic Yoga Journey™ to Japan Haiku #2.
May your inner sanctuary come into focus! What mandalas and symbols around you daily activate your mythic imagination and connect you with the divine?
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